Nation mourns Prince Nawaf

Updated 03 October 2015
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Nation mourns Prince Nawaf

JEDDAH: Saudi citizens are mourning the loss of Prince Nawaf bin Abdulaziz and have sent their condolences to the government on social networking sites, with prayers for Allah Almighty to bless his soul.
Prince Nawaf dedicated his life to Islam and the country and served in several top posts including head of intelligence at the rank of minister and adviser to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques at the royal court.
He received his primary education in the Kingdom, studied Islamic civilization at university, and went for further studies to the United States. He was an expert on the Kingdom’s administration and international politics.
He was chosen by the late King Abdulaziz as commander of the Royal Guard at an early age. He was the head of the Royal Court in the era of King Saud who later appointed him as minister of finance for several years.
Having experience in several areas, King Faisal included him in all official delegations such as Arab meetings, Islamic summits and Nonaligned conferences. Prince Nawaf also led Saudi delegations on behalf of the king or as his special envoy. He became an expert in Middle East affairs.
He traveled extensively to all parts of the world to settle problems and disputes. He also contributed to the establishment of some industries to serve domestic and Arab economies, which resulted in good relations with several nations.
Prince Nawaf was a founder of Saudi-New Zealand Bank and one of its biggest shareholders. He also had investments in real estate tourist projects. In addition, he was a pioneer in the solar energy industry, becoming the first Saudi businessman to highlight the importance of this vital area.
He provided financial and moral support to Sydney University in Australia to conduct studies on how to exploit solar energy in commercial and residential areas.
Prince Nawaf was also concerned with the media and praised the development of the Saudi press over the years. He sent a congratulatory message to Turki Al-Sudairi on his selection as the first board chairman of the Saudi Journalists Association.
In the message, he said Al-Sudairi would ensure the media flourishes in the country and journalists contribute to the nation’s ambitious growth plans.


Saudi Arabia plans to introduce Chinese into the curriculum at all education levels

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Saudi Arabia plans to introduce Chinese into the curriculum at all education levels

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and China on Friday agreed to include the Chinese language as a curriculum at all stages of education in schools and universities across the Kingdom.
The agreement came during a meeting between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and a high-level Chinese delegation in the capital Beijing, in a bid to strengthen bilateral friendship and cooperation and deepen the strategic partnership at all levels between both countries.
The move aims to enable a comprehensive strategic partnership to achieve the aspirations of the Saudi and Chinese leaderships and seize the promising opportunities between their two peoples, a relationship which has extended for decades.
The inclusion of the Chinese language will enhance the cultural diversity of students in the Kingdom and contribute to the achievement of the future national goals in the field of education for the Vision 2030.
The introduction of Chinese into the curriculum is an important step toward opening new academic horizons for students of various educational levels in the Kingdom.
Learning Chinese will serve as a bridge between the two peoples and would contribute to increasing trade and cultural ties.